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Police officer hurt in Buckhead wreck

Police officer hurt in Buckhead wreck

ATLANTA -- An Atlanta police officer was briefly trapped in a vehicle after being involved in an accident Monday morning.

The wreck happened just before 6 a.m. at Piedmont and East Paces Ferry roads.

The officer, P. Marshall, radioed dispatchers to say she'd been in a wreck. Atlanta Police spokeswoman Kim Jones said a Toyota Camry hit Marshall's cruiser while trying to turn left onto East Paces Ferry.

While Marshall was trapped inside her cruiser, she did not suffer any serious injuries. She was removed from the car and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital as a precaution.

The Toyota driver, Yenenesh Gurmessa, was cited for failure to yield, according to Jones.

All southbound lanes of Piedmont Road were blocked at the scene for more than an hour, but have since reopened.

Roadwork resumes this weekend

Roadwork resumes this weekend

(WXIA) -- Metro Atlanta drivers enjoyed a break last weekend when the Georgia Department of Transportation postponed road projects for the July 4 holiday.

But now that the fun is over, the work begins again.

Crews will be on several interstates throughout the metro, working on much-needed improvements. Delays are expected in all areas where roadwork will be performed.

As always, projects are weather permitting. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms could temporarily halt or delay work.

Here is some of this weekend's scheduled roadwork:

Cobb County
* Two right southbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Paces Ferry Road and South Cobb Drive from 9 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday for slab replacement and repair.

Additional early voting sites opening Monday

Additional early voting sites opening Monday

ATLANTA -- Early voting for the General Primary Runoff Election continues. Early voting began June 30 and continues until July 18 on Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As of now, there are three early voting locations:

* North Fulton Service Center, Room 232, 7741 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, GA 30328

* South Fulton Service Center, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Rm. 108, College Park, GA 30349

* Fulton County Government Center, 130 Peachtree Street, Suite 2186, Atlanta, GA 30303

Beginning July 14, six more early voting locations will open in Fulton County:

* Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

* Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell, GA 30075

* East Point Library, 2757 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344

* Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30005-4601

* Northside Library, 3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

Fulton County Sheriff swears in new K-9 deputy

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fulton County Sheriff's Office welcomed a new member of the team Wednesday morning.

Kojack, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was sworn in as a K-9 deputy by Sheriff Ted Jackson. He replaces Marco, who was euthanized in January after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Marco worked with Sgt. Corey Henry. The sheriff's office said Henry was very selective in choosing a replacement, but Kojack meets the criteria, including superior intelligence and all the positive qualities of his breed.

"He has an excellent temperament and very high drive to work," Henry said of Kojack.

Kojack will work as a multipurpose patrol canine in such areas as tracking, criminal apprehension and narcotic detection.

Boston Marathon winner passes thousands for charity


ATLANTA -- Running in the very last corral at the AJC Peachtree Road Race has its advantages.

Meb Keflezighi, on the other hand, is not a back-of-the-pack runner.

This April, on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, he became the first American to win that race in more than 30 years.

"Everybody was ecstatic," he said. "I was very emotional…I did it for all of us."

Atlanta Track Cub director Rich Kenah was there.

"It was one of the most special moments I've had in sport," Kenah said.

He invited Meb to run the Peachtree…but only if he started last.

"This is the first time I started last and see how many people I would pass," Meb said. "It's going to be interesting, it's going to be an adventure."

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

Happy 4th of July: No weekend road projects!

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Transportation will celebrate the July 4 holiday by taking a break from all road projects.

The weekend construction that has plagued drivers for weeks will be temporarily halted at noon on Thursday.

However, GDOT expects considerable delays in certain areas, especially on Friday. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to run in or watch the 2014 AJC Peachtree Road Race, which will close several roads in Buckhead and Midtown. Fireworks displays and other Independence Day celebrations will also affect commuters Friday night.

An international Jehovah's Witnesses convention will be held at the Georgia Dome this weekend; 34,000 people from 14 countries will attend. GDOT said this event may also have an impact on traffic in the area.

4-year-old boy kicked out of Phipps Plaza restaurant for sleeveless shirt


ATLANTA -- A 4-year-old boy was asked to leave a restaurant at Phipps Plaza because his shirt violated the dress code.

Lewis Roberts thought the outfit he picked out – which included a green Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sleeveless shirt – looked great. But when he and his family tried to sit down for lunch at the Tavern at Phipps, he was told he didn't meet the "Gentlemen's Dress Code."

After Lewis' family explained that he was only 4, the hostess told them they still had to leave. When they asked to speak to a manager, the manager told them the dress code extended to "gentleman of all ages," and they were again asked to leave. The message was clear: the restaurant, known for its low country boil, didn't want a little Ninja Turtle in the dining room.